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Posted by Kimberly Capehart at 9:56PM   |  1 comment
An example of projections being incorporated into a musical performance

Blog posting written by Kimberly Capehart, Documentary Studies and Production ’16, FLEFF Intern, Cherry Hill, NJ

The FLEFF Mobilities concert, featuring a performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, will be held in the Whalen Center for Music TOMORROW.

The performance will be held in the Hockett Recital Hall at 8:15 pm on Tuesday, April 2nd.  Carl Orff’s legendary cantata will be accompanied by a series of “original imagery” in the form of projections: making the performance quite a complete sensory experience.

I recently spoke to concert organizer Ann Michel about the visual aspect of the performance.

Michel, along with the help of a few dozen interns, is responsible for producing the images that will be projected during the concert. These images, in addition to providing a unique visual aspect to the performance, will serve to reflect on the origins of Carmina Burana.

Carl Orff composed this “interesting and powerful,” musical piece in the 20th century, based on a manuscript of 200+ poems from the 13th century of the same name. These poems were written by European Goliards – students who were critical of the contradictions in the Catholic Church. Ranging from topics such as love to fate to protest, these poems are relatable across centuries. This multi-century, “very dense, historical,” work will receive a more modern element in its 21st century production on Tuesday.

What went into designing original imagery for such a massive piece?

“For me, it was a lot of immersion and imagination,” says Michel.

She, along with the interns working on the project, listened to the piece many times. In addition to listening to the aural experience, Michel looked at the lyrics of the cantata and looked more closely at some of the poems that inspired the piece.

“It’s been an interesting, creative challenge,” she explains. “It’s all about creating a spectacle for the audience without taking away from the performance.”

Make sure you come early tomorrow night to get your seat at the Hockett Recital Hall. Don’t miss an incredibly unique performance of a historical and famous work!

Come back here tomorrow night after the performance to let me know what you think of Michel’s projections and how they impacted the performance. 

1 Comment

Can't wait to see how the projections work with the music!
Great post!

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